That’s right. Get giddy, Seattle. It’s the news Seahawks fans have been waiting on for countless weeks. Percy Harvin is coming back very soon.
Before he can play anytime soon, he’ll need to be added to the 53-man roster. Other than that, it’s just a matter of all parties being satisfied enough for Harvin to return.
Harvin, of course, wants to get back on the field as soon as possible. What athlete wouldn’t want to get back on the field? As with the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski, though, the Seahawks don’t want to rush Harvin back in if he’s not physically ready or mentally ready (in terms of playbook retention).
All that aside, this is fantastic news for Seattle fans. Percy Harvin is going to add so much more to an already potent offense led by Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. And in addition to the offense, Harvin is going to dramatically increase the effectiveness of the kicking game with his explosiveness and elusiveness.
Just imagine what Wilson and Lynch are going to do with even better field position. Imagine what offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell (who knows Harvin from his days in Minnesota) can do with playcalling with Harvin at receiver. This opens up some jet sweeps, option plays, and downfield throws. But what’s most important here is the intimidation factor. Harvin can burn secondaries with his ridiculous speed. When Harvin lines up, the secondary will have to focus on him, with perhaps a safety frequently spying on him. But if opposing defenses focus on neutralizing Harvin, what does that mean for Russell Wilson and the passing game? It means one receiver is bound to be more open, and Wilson is not going to miss him. Golden Tate is going to have more breathing room. Sidney Rice is going to continue getting more looks. Every receiver is going to benefit substantially just because Harvin has pads on. Wilson’s already done a great job utilizing all his weapons. Adding Harvin into the mix is going to open up the passing game even more. Wilson had 235 passing yards at Arizona. Throw Harvin into the game, and Wilson almost certainly eclipses 300 yards and probably throws an extra touchdown pass.
The possibilities for the Seattle Seahawks offense with Harvin in the picture seem wonderfully limitless. Seattle fans have to be at least as excited as I am about this development. Fans may have to wait one more week, as Harvin looks to be a game-time decision on Monday night, but with the impact Harvin is sure to have on special teams and offense, an extra week is totally worth it.